Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Keep Your Hood Up.

I was chatting with my good friend Michelle regarding a problem with her son starting High School. He had been homeschooled for years, so they were both getting back into the groove of everything. This would include the classic of forgetting something at home.
This time however the item was a simple shoe lace type thing...
that holds up his football pants. Small, yet important.

I had to leave for an appointment so I kept talking while I got into the car, since I have no blue tooth, and we have laws against phone talking in California, I was saying goodbye when Spencer suddenly said, "No wait, I want to talk to her!"

It was kinda cute, small talk between my 8 year old and my friend, but then he got all serious, "SO what's the problem going on?"

He spent he next several minutes trying to solve the problem for her, which leads us to this gem:

You could come in as a transfer student, since you can't be an exchange student since you don't speak another language. Wear a hoodie, with the hood up, come into class, but pretend you are a deaf transfer student, then walk over to his desk and drop the shoelace on it, then leave. Since you are deaf you don't have to answer any questions.

Brilliant...right? Or should I be a little scared?


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Um. Where was I?

Busy week.
All for good stuff, but still...

I am thankful for:

1. Stars at night, gleaming nice and bright.
2. Texting communications.
3. Fashion finds that don't break the budget.
4. Water, to drink, to sit near, to look at, to swim in.
5. BIG hugs from Spencer.
6. A break in the hot weather . (Can it please continue through the weekend?)
7. New sheets.
8. NEW KNIVES! Thank you mom!
9. A working washer and dryer, so much better than a stream and a rock.
10. Friends with curriculum that save it for years....

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ultimate, Just Kidding...

While browsing books at a big thrift store I stumbled upon, "Disney's Ultimate Trivia Book". Okay. It was a thick book, full of questions...then I was number 4.

If the first book was so ultimate, then why did they have to make 3 more. People that bought that first one should feel totally ripped off.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Once again...

This was Monday.

First day of 5th grade.

So far it's been a crazy year with last minute curriculum changes and whatnot but it's smoothing out to be a good year.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Ten On Tuesday, Movies

I may have done this before, but I simply don't have the time, nor the energy to go searching it out...These are movies I am thankful exist.
They either made me laugh good and hard, made me cry or long for love, or perhaps made me think.

In no particular order.

1. Princess Bride. Most of my entire family can quote the whole thing. It has been watched many times over at family gatherings. We love it, it is brilliant. And they did a wonderful job adapting it from the book.
2. When Harry Met Sally, except for the "pre-marital relations" this is kinda the story of Aaron and I....if we were one of the couples in the vignettes it would end with "and 12 1/2 years later we were married".
3. Trouble In Paradise, 1934 version. One valentines day Aaron and I went out on a date. We had dinner, but because it took a long time we missed the showing of the movie we wanted to see. We couldn't keep our sitter up forever so we opted for walking around Balboa Park (we lived in the San Diego area at the time). We happened upon the photographic arts museum still open and looked around, but noticed a small crowd gathering. They were showing this old movie. It was great and entertaining, and because we love the era of style it was a treat for us. Aaron found it on DVD in a following year as a gift. It's a treat to watch together now.
4. The Usual Suspects. Brilliant. (I can't say more or I'd give something away!)
5. Tombstone. I LOVE Sam Elliot's voice, and I don't care that he is dying of Tuberculosis and underhanded, Doc Holiday, mmmmm mmmmmm.
6. The Incredibles. Pixar, you rock.
7. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Some people can't handle it, but I find it fascinating. It opens up a world of conversations.
8. Labrynth
9. Sliding Doors...two alternate lives just by changing one little it.
10.Here's where it's hard.....StarWarsANewHopeRaidersofTheLostArkMatrixFamilymanFindingNemoBeachesSteelMagnoliasCatchMeIfYouCanGoodWillHuntingFightClubBolt...oh this list could get way out of control.

What's your favorite movie(s)?

Friday, August 14, 2009

And Then, We'll Just Hang Out

This morning I had the amazing honor of eating breakfast with a life long friend Alyse, her beautiful kids, and her sweet mom. She lives 6 or 7 hours away, and we rarely get to see each other. To top it off she was celebrating finishing her MFA with a road was delightful.

When we parted ways I headed up to friend Joanne's house to group together and drive to Lake Tahoe for the rest of the day.
Our agenda:

1. Sit on our butts and look at the water and beautiful trees.
2. Unwind.
3. Relax.
4. Rest.
5. Contemplate, after which we ...
6. Take a break.
7. Kick back

Then we drove back to her house where Spencer did yard work to earn money (blog to follow why soon) and in general...
8. Hang out.

We were highly successful, we completely achieved our goals.

We added in some sandwiches and snacks, and later a chicken dinner and watermelon with a DVR recording of the PBS special of the Boston Pops....

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ten On Tuesday

Short list today, but only because each one is worth more than one number on the list.

1-5. The ability, the knowledge, and the privilege to bring anything to God in prayer.

6-10. Answers to those prayers.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Raise It.

This is our last week of true summer vacation. I say "true" because with the freedom of the home schooling schedule we can easily still do summer activities instead of being tied down to the school bell.

During dinner we discussed what we might like to do in these last few days. J has 3 days off so I invited her to join us and give suggestions...

J: "I haven't been to Lake Tahoe yet"
Me: "We could do that. What do you think Spencer?"
S: "Yeah! Can I bring someone?"
Me: "Maybe. J, do you want to bring someone?"
Her eyes grew wide, I knew she wanted to bring B, together they are very silly and loud, but fun.
Me: "So Spencer, who would you bring?"
S: "I was thinking the Zabs"


Me: "Spencer, they live 9 hours away, they only go to Tahoe if they are visiting Reno".
He groaned and lifted his fist into the air, shaking it,and mumbled something.
Me: "What was that?"

S: "The fist of agony."

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ten on nearly Wednesday

School starts much sooner than I thought, so I have it on the brain today:

1. For Helene,or Student Adviser, she is very helpful in getting started again for this school year.
2 For the super nice patient women that work in the Brighter Child store in Sacramento. Whew, I was there a long time, asking a million questions.
3. To the customer in said store that spoke up, she said exactly what I needed to hear to make the final choice. Thank you.
4. Homeschooling options.
5. Future field trips. :) Like to the river, to learn about geology, and the power of evaporative cooling.
6. PJ day, whenever we want.
7. Lack of "Tea Bag Tuesdays" or "Flip up Thursdays" like I have been hearing goes on in the middle and high schools here. (If you don't know what it means, trust me, it's bad)
8. The lack of 14,000 pieces of paper coming home, each week.
9. Electives! Class room time and experience with subjects that are harder for me to teach at home, Yippee!
10. Freedom. To choose, this means for anyone that send the kids to public too. It's all personal. We pray each year and listen for God to answer how to educate our child. If it was time to send him to public, we would.